zolobolo wrote:Also already mentioned before but really suggest ignoring ground troops during raid - it leads to awkward situations where two tanks and Assault Marine cannot caputre a single slave for 2 turns even though they have a 85% chance of conquering the planet itself.
Why raid a colony if you have enough troops to conquer it and take everyone as slaves?
If you have the ability to drop your troops anywhere on the world, presumably the defending troops have the same capability; they have vehicles and transportation infrastructure too, and it's not as if they can't see you coming. Being able to grab slaves from a well-defended world without the defenders having anything to say about it seems just silly. That might be fun to do to the AI, but I don't think it would be very fun if the AI could do that to you.
I absolutely agree: why raid a colony if we have enought troops to conquer it?
Since the defending forces take their toll on the raiders, the raider force needs to be stronger then the defenders to not get wiped out=can conquer the planet
Sometimes the odds for capturing slaves seem to be even worse then capturing hte planet In the above example I even raided an undefended planet of two pops and no milita tech with 2 tanks and 1 radier unit and got out with 0 slaves in two attacks: invading the planet had 85% chance for a succesfull conquest.
Hence my question if we could see the probability of capturing slaves: that may clear up the odds
But generally raiding is not a viable tactic as it needs the same amount of preparation as invasion, has the same probability of casualties but apperantly lower chance for success. If the costs are the same as invasion but the potential benefits are less in which situation is it a viable option?
The only situation I can imagine is when the planet cannot be held and a superior enemy force is already inbound: in this case it is still a better idea to invade, take the salves and demolish the buildings
If the chance for unit loss would be lower then for invasion and the chance of capturing slaves higher then that of invasion, it would make sense but we would need to see the numbes and the differences to determine that - so far in my experience the odds are worse
Hence my other suggestion: if the two actions are clearly segregated, the mechanic is also clear as well as the pros and cons.